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BEN TOZER: Cheltenham Town midfielder “confident” after first goal since arriving from Newport County

The midfielder netted Cheltenham's equaliser early in the first half

Although the Robins were halted in their quest for a win under Michael Duff, Ben Tozer was happy with his contribution in the 2-2 draw against Mansfield on Saturday.

The 28-year-old netted his first goal for Cheltenham since joining the club from fellow League Two outfit Newport County, after cancelling out Stags forward Tyler, son of famous Nottingham Forest defender Des, Walker’s opener.

Will Boyle’s header in the first half had given the Robins the lead up until the final few minutes, but an unfortunate touch from defender Chris Hussey gifted Mansfield a point.

Despite this crushing blow, midfielder Tozer believes his goal and assist will do him good in the games to come but has urged his side to keep up the level of performance they’ve set if they are to build on Saturday’s display.

He said: “It’s probably my first shot all season but I haven’t played much. It’s nice to get a goal and an assist which helps with confidence.

“Yes it’s very disappointing, but we’ve got to take the positives. Scott (Flinders) hasn’t had a save to make whatsoever, so Chris (Hussey) is devastated with himself but we’ve got to get on with it.”

Tozer hasn’t been a regular under Michael Duff since taking over from now Torquay boss Gary Johnson in September, and Saturday was his first league start since the start of October.

A switch of formation in the last two matches, though, has improved the Robins’ fortunes and Tozer has benefited from this; starting the last two games against Arsenal under-21s and Mansfield Town as a centre-back in a three-man defence.

The midfielder has featured as a defender previously at Newport and despite suffering a late setback, Tozer was delighted by the powers of recovery shown by his teammates after conceding the first goal.

“To go and get another goal before half-time is even better because the best time to score and at 1-1 you can rest on it a bit, but we went for it.

“We had our backs against the wall, which is going to happen because results haven’t really gone for us, but overall I think we’ve done well.”

 

 

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